Graduate Opportunities


As a large technologically innovative company, the key to our success is the passion of our people. Each year we seek to recruit enthusiastic people who are willing to drive change and innovate. Your talent and energy are essential to the future of our high-tech business to continue evolving in the competitive market and to ensure we meet our customers’ needs. All our opportunities for undergraduates provide practical experience and development in a supportive environment.


Our graduate training programmes have been designed to support your first steps after leaving university and to help you develop your career. Through a comprehensive induction programme, you will have the chance to gain a complete picture of the organisation and be involved in real challenges from day one. You will have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, while always being encouraged to use your initiative.


Applications are currently closed, and we will be reopening early careers opportunities in autumn 2018, for programmes starting in 2019.


Please click on the relevant tab below for details of the graduate opportunities available within our Electronics or Helicopters divisions.



Leonardo Helicopters (formerly AgustaWestland) is a world leader in helicopter manufacture. We design, develop and manufacture an unrivalled range of helicopters & rotary wing technology for civil and military customers, with primary operations in the UK, USA, Italy and Poland.


Applications are currently closed, but we will soon publish details of the graduate programme commencing in October 2019 at our Yeovil site in the heart of Somerset. The ideal candidates will have studied a degree bearing relevance to Engineering, Business Studies, Manufacturing, Operations Management, Procurement and Supply Chain, Finance or Business Information Systems, and will have a keen interest in pursuing a career in aerospace.


The two-year programme will provide a personalised placement plan to prepare you for a permanent role within the business, on successful completion of the scheme. It represents an excellent opportunity for a career-minded person to gain a breadth of experience in a number of areas, before moving into a full-time role.



The Leonardo Helicopter Graduate Development Programme is a two-year programme that allows graduates to complete a number of 3-6 month placements designed to provide practical experience within the organisation.


Alongside this, graduates complete several development activities at company and group level, which aim to ensure a smooth integration into the company whilst providing essential skills, knowledge and networking opportunities.


With over 200 trainees at Leonardo Helicopters from apprentices to graduates, a thriving social network exists, with regular social events organised to integrate newcomers.


Graduates will be based primarily within our Yeovil manufacturing HQ in Somerset, but potential opportunities exist for secondments and international travel.


Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant degree as stated above
  • Industry experience beneficial but not essential
  • Tenacity, fresh thinking and enthusiasm
  • Analytical Mind
  • A strong team player
  • Conscientious and keen to learn
  • A keen interest in pursuing a career in the Aerospace industry
  • Must have been a permanent UK resident for a minimum of the past five years in order to meet security requirements


Download the Leonardo Helicopters Graduate Programme brochure


Frequently Asked Questions about our graduate programme

Electronics, Defence and Security Systems

Our two-year Electronics, Defence & Security Systems graduate programme is designed for individuals who are passionate about realising their full potential and who have achieved (or predicted to achieve) a 2:1 or higher in degrees relating to Engineering (electrical, electronic, mechanical, systems, aerospace, software, aeronautical), Maths, Physics, Computer Science or in any number of business-related degrees.


We are continually looking for applications from self-starter graduates with ambition and drive, who are capable of delivering and working as part of a team, whilst equally being capable of independent working.